Bismarck hostage situation suspect pleads not guilty Monday

BISMARCK, N.D. - The man charged in connection to a February hostage situation in Bismarck pleaded not guilty in court Monday.

Forty-four-year-old Shane Dockter is accused of breaking into a home with a rifle on Feb. 7.

Officers say 11 people were inside the home including children on Sweet Ave. Police say a door to the home was opened after they set up a perimeter and they could see Dockter with a woman and then the door closed.

BPD said someone escorted Dockter out without the weapon.

Dockter is also accused of shooting at a home on Patriot Drive on the same day.

No one was injured in either incident.

Dockter is charged with three counts of terrorizing, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and reckless endangerment with extreme indifference. He pleaded not guilty to all counts Monday morning.

A judge set his trial for Aug. 20.